By Christopher John Farley
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was once that song company rarity: a teenager idol who remodeled herself right into a severely acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who effectively made the transition to actress, and a gorgeous lady who by no means allow the trimmings of superstar visit her head. Following her extraordinary debut at age 14 with the album Age Ain't Nothin' yet a Number, Aaliyah raised the bar together with her highly influential and bestselling follow-up, One in a Million. She then took her abilities to Hollywood, starring within the motion mystery Romeo needs to Die and the hugely expected horror movie The Queen of the Damned. yet quickly after the discharge of her 3rd album in the summertime of 2001, Aaliyah's lifestyles was once reduce brief in a sad aircraft crash.
Here is the inspirational tale of the celebrity The Washington Post dubbed "Hip-Hop's girl Di" -- a lady who, by the point of her dying at age twenty-two, touched legions of fanatics around the globe along with her haunting voice and...
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She tended to dress in black clothing or leather. And in almost all of her promotional shots, she is unsmiling, her chin set, her expression a bit dour. Was this the same Aaliyah that played an orphan in Annie? “What’s the real me? It’s hard to say,” Aaliyah said. “I have a feeling for the hard-core street life, but I like to hang out in malls. I’m definitely going to college, and I’d like to get a doctorate in music history, with a minor in engineering. But I love singing more than anything. ” Kelly, too, was engaged in an identity struggle.
After a time, Aaliyah’s older brother Rashad even came on board Team Aaliyah. “He’s always been there for me,” Aaliyah said. “So I just started introducing him to people as my creative consultant. Eventually the title just stuck. ” When she was eight years old Aaliyah began to make a name for herself as a vocalist outside of family get-togethers. She started to perform at school functions and talent shows around the Detroit area. She also began to land singing gigs at weddings. She was quite a sight back then: a skinny girl standing up in front of amused wedding guests and a smiling bride and groom, belting out hits by soul singers who were stars even before she was born—tunes made famous by acts like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.
Aaliyah washed off her makeup and prepared to leave. She signed a few autographs and then got into a cab. “Bye! ” she cheerfully called out to Russell and a few of the others who had come to say their farewells. And why shouldn’t she have been happy? She had work to do, but it was work she loved. She had commitments to keep back in the States, but she was looking forward to keeping them. She had cool music in the works, including a collaboration with hip-hop/folk star Beck called “I Am Music” that her longtime creative partner, Timbaland, was producing.
Aaliyah. More Than a Woman by Christopher John Farley